Former Sickles star Jordan Davis takes over at Gaither

Jordan Davis spent the past season on Berkeley Prep’s bench. The former standout at Sickles and the University of Tampa was there as an assistant for Renaldo Garcia, his coach in high school.

That year-long apprenticeship helped Davis take over a program of his own. On Tuesday, Gaither announced the hiring of Davis as its basketball coach.

Davis inherits a program that has not had a winning record since the 2006-07 season. And that was perfectly fine with him.

“I wanted a chance to change a program that has been down for some time,” Davis said.

At Sickles, Davis won four district titles and led the Gryphons to the Class 5A state title game during the 2009-10 season. He was named the all-area player of the year as a senior after averaging 15.1 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds per game.

After starting off at Monmouth, Davis played one season at College of Central Florida before finishing his college career at Tampa. In two seasons with the Spartans, Davis was a consistent scorer. As a senior, he averaged 15.1 points per game.

Davis spent years playing professionally before returning to the area became an assistant under Garcia.

“Too much to measure,” Davis said of what he learned from Garcia, his mentor. “I have been taking notes on coach since I was 14 so I have to thank him for a lot of the basketball knowledge I possess.”